New Study Shows Health Benefits of Biodiesel

A new study sponsored by the National Biodiesel Board shows switching to biodiesel will result in several health benefits, including decreased cancer risk, fewer premature deaths, and reduced asthma attacks. The research got conducted at 13 sites across the U.S. that get regularly exposed to high rates of petroleum diesel pollution. Researchers found that switching […]

Biden Pledges 50% Cut in U.S. Emissions By 2030

During a virtual Earth Day summit with other world leaders last week, President Joe Biden pledged to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030. A DTN article says biofuel groups are relieved after the president’s plan talked about very low carbon, new generation renewable fuels to help achieve rapid emission reductions in both […]

Georgia Representative Looking to Replace Collin Peterson as Ag Chair

Georgia Democrat David Scott is the most senior member of the House Agriculture Committee after current Chair Collin Peterson. The Hagstrom Report said Scott is throwing his hat into the ring as someone who’d like to be the next Chair after Peterson, who recently lost his re-election bid to Michelle Fischbach. Scott is the chair […]

Klobuchar: Not Addressing Concerns In Rural America Could Have Dire Consequences

One of the recent Farmfest 2020 Virtual Sessions included a roundtable on the state of the agricultural economy. Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar was one of the panelists, and she said agriculture has taken several hits in recent years. “One of the hardest things is after years of challenges, whether it is ethanol waivers for our […]

Western Oil Refineries are Converting into Biofuel Plants

Massive oil refineries in the western United States are making an unexpected transition. They’re being converted into biofuel plants. Phillips 66 recently announced it will convert a California oil refinery into a biofuel plant as gas continues to lose some luster to fuels that come from agricultural and waste products. The company’s 120,000 barrel-a-day refinery […]

NFU: EPA is a “Barrier” for Emission Reduction in Biofuels

The head of the National Farmers Union blasted the EPA recently, calling it a “barrier” for reducing greenhouse gasses in biofuels. “The EPA has been the primary barrier to a lot of additional success that we can have in reducing greenhouse gasses in ethanol technology,” said Rob Larew, President of the National Farmers Union. “The […]

CoBank: Ethanol Industry Needs to Transform Itself

A new report from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange says the ethanol industry may have to diversify itself in the future. The report said excess production capacity and reduced demand will force the U.S. ethanol industry to “transform its business model to create more value and improve its operational efficiency.” CoBank predicts that consolidation within the industry […]

AFBF: More Farmer Assistance is Necessary

The American Farm Bureau Federation is asking lawmakers to provide more critical resources to farmers hurt by COVID-19’s impact on the food system. The Federation is also looking for more help for rural communities struggling with the pandemic’s impacts. AFBF said many of the country’s struggling farmers were left out of the initial round of […]

House Democrats Heroes Act Includes Agriculture Provisions

The next round of coronavirus relief introduced by House Democrats would increase direct payments to farmers by $16 billion. The funds are expected to supplement the already planned $16 billion in payments. While the legislation focuses on replenishing the Paycheck Protection Program and providing an additional round of direct payments to Americans, the bill includes […]

Perdue Orders USDA Fleet Vehicles to Increase Biofuels Use

Last week, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue directed Department of Agriculture employees to acquire alternative fueled vehicles when replacing conventionally fueled vehicles. USDA owns and operates one of the largest civilian fleets in the Federal Government. Through the directive, USDA is moving to acquire E85- or biodiesel-capable vehicles that meet USDA mission requirements instead of those […]